Community College Program
For those students who are looking to enter into a community college.
For those students that are looking to earn a two-year associate degree or certificate from a community college, it’s important to understand it can and will be a complex and demanding task, but you can easily navigate the rigors of these programs with some basic planning and organization from My Readiness Coach. My Readiness Coach for community college readiness will help you understand key strategies and tips that will help you complete your community college program.
Preparing to attend a Community College
Students attending a community college is another option for those students that are either not interested in attending a four-year college or university or who are not prepared at this time. However, attending a community college can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging if you aren't adequately prepared. Between trying to figure out what classes to sign up for, how to pay for your community college education, and what books and supplies you need, it's all too easy to feel overwhelmed, and for those reasons My Readiness Coach was created. Your odds of successfully adjusting to school and completing your chosen program on schedule can increase if you enter community college with an organized plan of attack.
Let's take a look at some of the most important tips My Readiness Coach will provide in getting ready.
Organizational Skills: One of the best ways to ensure success at a community college is to have a plan before you ever even set foot on campus. Creating a plan beforehand helps you avoid the stress of figuring things out on the fly.
Admissions: My Readiness Coach will help you throughout the process of understanding the complete admissions process for being admitted.
The Application Process: Our team of professional student advisors will help students complete all important applications and relevant documentation.
Financial Aid: Though significantly less expensive than 4-year universities, community colleges are by no means cheap. The average yearly cost for in-district students attending a public, 2-year school is $3,440 for tuition and if living on campus can cost another $3,000 to $4,000 dollars more. However, that is still below the average of attending a four-year college or university. Students that receive either a free or reduced lunch at school can qualify for up to $15,000 dollars to attend a community college. All financial aid paperwork is completed with your assigned My Readiness Coach student advisor.
Time Management: Proper time management is crucial to your success. As soon as you receive your list of classes, get to work building a weekly schedule that incorporates classes, study time, and other time commitments such as your work schedule or family obligations. Allow plenty of time for homework and other projects, but also give yourself time to rest. Community college can be a big-time commitment, but it shouldn't take over your life. Give yourself occasional breaks so that you can have some fun and relax. These small respites can let you recharge and help prevent you from getting overwhelmed.
Map Out Your Academic Path: It’s important to have at least the foundation of an academic plan before you begin your senior year of high school. While it's okay to not be 100% sure of your future college plans, you should at least have a general notion of your academic and professional goals.
If you're planning to transfer to a 4-year school after the completion of your community college program, you should research the requirements and transfer allowances for your school. If you aren't prepared, you could find yourself taking courses that don't transfer or apply towards your degree. That is one of the many parts of this process that My Readiness Coach can help you process and understand. If you enter with a definitive course sequence, on the other hand, you can earn your associate degree in an efficient manner and move on to a 4-year university without wasting time and money.
School Supplies: Of course all the planning and organization means nothing if you don't have the proper supplies and equipment. My Readiness Coach will help you research your school and classes and see what tools and supplies are recommended by the institution. A laptop is a huge benefit as it allows you to perform research and complete assignments on the go. They can also be used to take and easily store class notes. You'll also want to acquire standard school supplies like pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.
Textbooks are another requirement and, unfortunately, these books come with a hefty price tag. Some books can cost upwards of $100, but luckily there are several alternatives to buying from the college bookstore. Though there's no way to avoid spending money on textbooks and other supplies, you can save significant amounts of money by getting creative and using alternative purchasing methods.